Royal Knight Program

The Royal Knight Program was developed to help motivate and acknowledge relentless criminal interdiction police work. Royal Knight Status can only be awarded to road officers who have met a number of requirements and have been accepted by the Desert Snow Board. Individuals selected for Royal Knight Status must show a sustained and professional effort to protect the motoring public by identifying and apprehending some of America's worst criminals.

ROYAL KNIGHT’S UPON ACCEPTANCE FROM THE BOARD WILL BE:

  • Presented an award at Desert Snow’s Annual National Conference if the recipient is in attendance.
  • Awarded a personalized Royal Knight Coin with a lifetime assigned number of acceptance.
  • Allowed to purchase "Royal Knight" accessories (jacket, ring, shirts, etc…).
  • Considered for an associate instructor position with the Desert Snow Training Program

APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS FOR ROYAL KNIGHT STATUS:

  • Minimum of 5 years as a full time sworn law enforcement officer.
  • Minimum of 100 self-initiated (Not a tip or whisper stop) qualified Incidents / Seizures *(See below).
  • Must have made a large number of submittals to the Black Asphalt Electronic Networking System within 72 hours of the Incident / Seizure.
  • Must have attended a Desert Snow Course or Annual Conference.
  • Must support the Desert Snow Program and website.
  • Must be in good standing with their employing agency.
  • Must have a good overall reputation amongst the courts and law enforcement community.
  • Must MAIL a complete and organized binder to the Desert Snow Office with as many of the following as possible:
    • A letter requesting Royal Knight consideration
    • A breakdown of all Incidents / Seizures with their subsequent dates and case numbers
    • Commendable letters
    • Letters of recognition
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Criminal interdiction training received
    • Instructor qualifications
    • Any other information you would like considered

*QUALIFIED INCIDENTS / SEIZURES:

Each Incident / Seizure where one or more of the following were present will count as one qualifying event

  • Recovery of an Absconded, Missing or Kidnapped Child
  • Arrest of a Suspected Terrorist
  • Transportation of Explosives (Felony)
  • Transportation of Weapons (Felony)
  • Major Narcotics Arrest from a Passenger or Commercial Vehicle
    • Marijuana – More than 1 pound
    • Cocaine – More than 5 Ounces
    • Crack Cocaine – More than 5 Ounces
    • Methamphetamine – More than 5 Ounces
    • Heroin – More than 5 Ounces
    • Ecstasy – More than 5 Ounces
    • US Currency – Successful forfeiture of more than $5,000
    • Successful forfeiture of a vehicle with an Aftermarket Constructed Compartment
    • Other Narcotics Arrests will be considered on a case by case basis upon submittal of application
  • Other Incidents / Seizures will be considered on a case by case basis upon submittal of each application; However 90% of the Incidents / Seizures submitted must be one of the specific qualified events listed above.